Other Developments, Further Reading, Coming Events (29 April 2021)

Other Developments The House passed an amended version of the “Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2021” (H.R.1251) that would establish a Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy and Cyberspace Policy Coordinating Committee inside the United States (U.S.) Department of State. The Secretary of State would also need to craft and issue an International Strategy for Cyberspace.House Foreign … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, Coming Events (29 April 2021)

White House Issues Infrastructure Package

The Biden Administration proposes a massive $2.3 trillion bill that could fundamentally change the United States. The White House issued its long awaited infrastructure package, or at least a lengthy summary of it, another step in the legislative consideration of a follow on ostensible COVID-19 stimulus package. The media is reporting the bill would provide … Continue reading White House Issues Infrastructure Package

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (25 March 2021)

Other Developments California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was confirmed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, but before he left this position, he named Matt Rodriguez Chief Deputy Attorney General. Rodriguez will be the acting Attorney General until Governor Gavin Newsom (D) nominates a person the legislature confirms.The White House indicated President Joe … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (25 March 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

Other Developments The Biden Administration announced it had triggered the response framework laid out in Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41) in response to the Microsoft Exchange hack that includes private sector stakeholders for the first time. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that “the National Security Council (NSC) established a Unified … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

Democrats Turn To Infrastructure

Two bills would significantly increase broadband funding amongst other technology programs. Now that the White House and Democrats have completed work on the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” (P.L. 117-2), their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan, they have turned to an infrastructure package. Like the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Democrats would use … Continue reading Democrats Turn To Infrastructure

Senate Judiciary Begins Hearings on Antitrust

The subcommittee in the Senate that oversees antitrust and competition policy started its hearings on what reform legislation may look like. Members agree there’s a problem but not on solutions. Following the lead of the House Judiciary Committee, the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over antitrust matters held a hearing on antitrust reform. The Senate Judiciary … Continue reading Senate Judiciary Begins Hearings on Antitrust

House Judiciary Holds Second Hearing On Antitrust Reform, Focusing on News Industry

The House Judiciary Committee continues its look at antitrust reform with an eye on legislation akin to the new statute Australia put in place to help media negotiate remuneration from Google and Facebook. I will switching to a new platform soon. In the near future, I will be using The Wavelength as my primary means … Continue reading House Judiciary Holds Second Hearing On Antitrust Reform, Focusing on News Industry

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

Further Reading “Millions of people’s data is at risk’ — Amazon insiders sound alarm over security” — By Vincent Mamancourt — Politico EU. Three whistleblowers are claiming that Amazon has widespread data protection and privacy issues, some of which may violate European Union (EU) or United States (U.S.) law. They claimed the company culture was … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

Expansion Proposed of HIPAA To Encompass Fitness and Health Apps And Services

The bill is looking to fill a gap that has developed in the U.S. regulation of health privacy.  Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have reintroduced a bill, the “Protecting Personal Health Data Act” (S.24), that addresses the rise of wearable fitness trackers and similar technology that are currently outside the United States … Continue reading Expansion Proposed of HIPAA To Encompass Fitness and Health Apps And Services

Another Democratic Section 230 Bill

The SAFE TECH Act addresses Section 230 issues bills introduced in the last Congress largely did not. Three Democratic Senators have introduced a new bill to reform 47 USC 230 (Section 230), which is among the first major bills on the liability protection social media platforms and other technology companies have. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair … Continue reading Another Democratic Section 230 Bill